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Mayville State men's basketball, women's basketball claim conference titles

Men’s basketball

Mayville wins NSAA title: Mayville State won its third-straight North Star Athletic Association title Sunday after defeating Waldorf University 65-62 at the Watertown (S.D.) Civic Arena.

Mayville State now receives the NSAA’s automatic bid to the NAIA Division II tournament.

Waldorf, coached by former UND player Nigel Jenkins, made it interesting in the final minute.

The Warriors trailed 63-54 with 30 seconds remaining. Melvin Martin hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds to go. A Mayville State turnover led to a score from Gabriel Munoz to cut the lead to six with 10 seconds left.. Munoz hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for the final score.

Rene Melendez led the Comets with 17 points. Four players finished in double figures for Mayville including Jalen Valverde with 15 points and five rebounds.

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Mayville came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed. Waldorf was the No. 5 seed.

Mayville’s Max Cooper was the MVP of the tournament.

Women’s basketball

Comets take NSAA: Claire Blascziek's 3-pointer with four seconds left in regulation lifted Mayville State past Viterbo 74-70 in the North Star Athletic Association championship game Sunday.

In a wild fourth quarter, the Comets put together an 11-2 run, taking a 69-60 lead with 2:02 remaining. The Hawks responded with four straight baskets, with Allie Wojtysiak's shot with 10 seconds left giving Viterbo the lead.

After a timeout, Blascziek knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer for Mayville State. That was followed by a Hawks' turnover, sealing the championship for the Comets.

Blascziek finished with 15 points for Mayville State (25-5). Jordan Zust tallied a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, while Kylee Heurung posted 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Wojtysiak paced Viterbo (13-15) with 19 points, while Natalie Leguizamon chipped in 14 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Mayville now advances to the NAIA Division II national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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